Our hearts are with you, France
(In-Memoriam July 14, 2016)
This recipe makes the best french onion soup I have ever had. It was created by a Jewish gourmet home chef, whose professionalism entailed installing commercial quality appliances in his home kitchen decades before it became popular. They are his initials, but I’m sure you will insist it means “Best French”, no?
Because this recipe serves twelve, and I am only one, the soup you see in the accompanying picture is a singular adaptation made with ingredients on-hand (I had no sliced cheese, an absolute imperative for the top!).
As a Jewish person, myself, I know only too well the sorrows left behind in the wake of a terrorist’s attack. Our people, and the world, stand along with you, France, in remembering and paying homage to the innocent victims of this attack.
This recipe from a Jewish chef is presented from another Jewish person. The toast-points were created in the shape of the Jewish Star, with its six points, to show Jewish solidarity with France in her time of need. The Jewish Six Toast-Points Of Light sit on a tempered glass dish, shaped in the form of a fish, from Arcoroc France. It, like the Jewish people’s support, has stood the test of time and has remained as true and strong as ever.
(Tribute to Nice) Randy’s Recipes (Mom’s): B.F. Onion Soup, Served With Jewish Six Toast-Points Of Light (July 15, 2016)
8 Large Spanish (Vidalia) Onions
1/4 lb. (1 stick) margarine
15 beef bouillon cubes
Worcestershire sauce, two dashes
Tabasco sauce, a couple of drops
Kitchen Bouquet-brand Browning and Seasoning Liquid, dash or two
Garlic Powder, good shake for soup, and also sprinkled on Italian bread
Black pepper, small shake
1 Tablespoon Flour
Sherry wine, shake or two
Grated Parmesan, good shake for soup, and also sprinkled on Italian bread
Italian Bread Slices, for each bowl
Sliced Swiss Cheese, for each bowl
Sliced Mozzarella Cheese, for each bowl
Bread Crumbs, a sprinkle on top for each bowl
Cut eight (8) large Spanish (Vidalia) onions into pieces (not rings) and sauté, uncovered, in 1/4 lb. margarine, until soft and golden brown. Set aside.
Dissolve 15 beef bouillon cubes in 1 quart (= 4 cups) hot water. Mix with: Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, black pepper, garlic powder, and Kitchen Bouquet.
Mix flour into sautéed onions. Add the hot water mixture and then add another quart of water. Put on high heat. Boil, covered, for 10 minutes, then simmer for 30 minutes.
Add sherry wine.
Cool “a little” and add a good shake of Parmesan cheese.
Smear Italian bread slices with margarine, garlic powder, and Parmesan cheese, and toast until very lightly browned.
Place into individual crockware bowls in the following order:
Bread (on the bottom)
Soup (leave room for expansion in bowl)
Cheeses: sliced Swiss and Mozzarella
Bake at 450°F for 10-15 minutes. Remove and place under broiler element, watching carefully not to burn the topping, to melt the cheeses and brown, slightly, the top. Remove with potholders; it will be broiling hot. Enjoy.
10 Yums Up
Randy’s Recipes: Jewish Six Toast-Points Of Light
Bread of choice, sliced
Softened Butter or Margarine
Grated Parmesan, or other, Cheese
Spices of your choice
Spread softened butter or margarine on a plate. Sprinkle spices and cheese on top. Fold in and stir, to mix well. Spread on open bread slices. Toast until lightly browned. Remove and cut into triangular pieces. Form into six-pointed Jewish Star around plate. You can make a dip and serve it in a bowl in the middle of the Star.
4 Yums Up
This is the drawing I made for the one-year anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo and subsequent HyperCacher terrorists attacks in Paris, France, which began on January 7, 2015. It is a Jewish tribute to the terror victims, and features symbols of solidarity between the cultures: symbols of Judaism under terrorism: foreground, coiled and barbed wire; the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, Israel; symbols of America under terrorism: the World Trade Center’s twin towers; French symbol of fraternity with the United States: the Statue of Liberty; lightly drawn symbol of France: aforeground to the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower. The Hebrew message, in show of solidarity with France, and in “reverse copy” of France’s message to the Jews, “Je Suis Juif”, in solidarity: “Gam Ani Yehudi” (“I Am Also Jewish”).